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scabrous

[skab-ruh s] /ˈskæb rəs/
adjective
1.
having a rough surface because of minute points or projections.
2.
indecent or scandalous; risqué; obscene:
scabrous books.
3.
full of difficulties.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin scab(e)r rough + -ous
Related forms
scabrously, adverb
scabrousness, noun
unscabrous, adjective
unscabrously, adverb
unscabrousness, noun
Synonyms
2. lewd, wanton, improper.
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  • The spikelets are borne in an open, spreading inflorescence with scabrous branches.
British Dictionary definitions for scabrous

scabrous

/ˈskeɪbrəs/
adjective
1.
roughened because of small projections; scaly
2.
indelicate, indecent, or salacious: scabrous humour
3.
difficult to deal with; knotty
Derived Forms
scabrously, adverb
scabrousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin scaber rough; related to scabies
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Word Origin and History for scabrous
adj.

1570s, "harsh, unmusical" (implied in scabrously), from Late Latin scabrosus "rough," from Latin scaber "rough, scaly," related to scabere "to scratch, scrape" (see scabies). Sense in English evolved to "vulgar" (1881), "squalid" (1939), and "nasty, repulsive" (c.1951). Classical literal sense of "rough, rugged" attested in English from 1650s. Related: Scabrously; scabrousness.

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